New passport rules by next year?

Current rules meaning Swedes can have an unlimited number of passports if they lose them, which some fear is being exploited by criminals selling passports on the black market, are to be tightened, news agency TT reports.

A government study proposes that a maximum of three passports should be able to be issued to the same person within a five year period. The study also calls for Sweden to push for harder identification checks at Schengen borders, with passport officers using fingerprint checks and facial recognition technology to make sure the data matches the biometric information stored in a chip in the passport.

The proposals will now be sent out for consultation, if approved they will be implemented next year.